Nine years later, Crocker is once again at the centre of a media storm after pictures of what the entertainer looks like now were picked up by various news outlets, which commented on their change of appearance.
On Tuesday Crocker posted a video on Facebook addressing the recent resurgence of interest and responded to headlines that “Chris Crocker got hot”, making an important point about society's scrutiny over appearance.
AFP Photo Lucy NICHOLSON (Photo credit should read LUCY NICHOLSON/AFP/Getty Images)Singers Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears attend the 27th Annual Clive Davis Pre-Grammy party together, Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, California, February 26, 2002.
“We should always feel attractive, not just when society tells us that we’re attractive,” Crocker said, “For many years of my life I have identified as transgender and I have not had the finances to transition.
Living in a town where it’s not safe for me to be my full self, I have adapted to my surroundings.
So when I hear I’ve got 'hot' I immediately think, 'was I not hot before because I was androgynous?
'“ The spoke to Crocker after the release of his video to ask what the response has been, how people who identify as transgender are treated in the press and whether Britney ever reached out after that video.